Friday, August 19, 2011

Last weekend of freedom

I have one weekend left before it's official!  The kiddos come on Wed. next week!  I'm excited and a bit nervous...I always get nervous, I think mainly b/c of the parents!  Does anyone ever get that??  I'm pretty excited to be starting in my new room and although I won't get my shelves in before school (actually they said they'll get to it when they get to it...hmmm guess it'll be a LONG while)  I'm working on the messy area behind my desk.  There may be a short term solution so I'm hopeful it works.  We shall see on Monday!  So I brought many things home to work on with adding names to things.  We have a meet and greet Monday evening so I want to have everything in it's place.  (well almost everything)

Has anyone heard of the Purple Hand Pledge?  Well it's a pledge you say daily with students and goes like this, "I will not use my hands or my words to hurt myself or others".  We started implementing this pledge last year and again this year I plan (as well as many others teachers) to use it again.  We usually say the Pledge of Allegiance and then the Purple Hand Pledge. Each child will have 5 purple tickets (they are just purple cardstock cut in thick strips), one for every day of the week.  If they break this promise/pledge they lose a ticket.  Then at the end of the week I would do a drawing of tickets they still had.  Well my bucket last year was pretty this year I made a really cute bucket....Ready????

TA DA!!!! I painted that lame bucket and then added my niece and nephews handprints and a felt heart in the middle (symbol of the purple hand pledge)

I think it turned out cute and will be a nicer bucket to draw our tickets from!
I hope everyone's beginning of the year is going well!!


Mrs. S. said...

I love it! I think I may take this up since one of my favorite colors is purple. I tried doing Bucket Fillers, but with everything else we have to do I didn't do it properly. Do you have more info? Thanks,


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Tiggeriffic 2nd Graders said...

Melly--there's a website all about the Purple Hand Pledge
Our school decided to do it as a whole last year and we ordered the posters and window clings for each. We were left to incorporate it with in our classroom how we wanted. I liked using the tickets and I also liked that I could refer to it easily if a student was mean to someone or used mean words. We also were incorporating Rachel's challenge which deals with spreading kindness. So it was nice to have both going hand in hand.

I hope this helps. I can post pictures of my purple "tickets" next week, I haven't put their names on them yet--then I laminate them, so they last. They are in a "to-do" pile :)